In the wake of the deadly Istanbul attack, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has made a written statement, condemning the violence and hoping that the bombing becomes “a turning point” for the whole world to unite against terrorism.
“I hope that the Ataturk Airport attack, especially in Western countries [and] all over the world, will be a milestone for the joint fight against terrorist organizations, a turning point,” he said.
Erdogan said the attacks, “which took place during the holy month of Ramadan, show that terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values.”
He also expressed his condolences to the “citizens who lost their lives” and the entire nation.
“It is clear that this attack is not aimed at achieving any result but only to create propaganda material against our country using simply the blood and pain of innocent people,” he added.
The Turkish president also said that he expects the world, and especially Western countries, to demonstrate “a decisive stance” in the battle with terrorist organizations.
Turkey, in the meantime, will “continue the fight, despite the huge cost we are paying.”
“Today’s bombs in Istanbul [have demonstrated] the treacherous nature of terrorism,” Erdogan said. “It could happen in any city in the world, in any airport.”
“Once again, God have mercy on our citizens who lost their lives in the attack, I wish the injured a speedy recovery,” the president said.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said that the initial evidence following the blasts points to ISIS bearing responsibility, and added that Turkey “has power and determination to overcome such attacks,” as quoted by Reuters.
All three suicide bombers in opened fire before blowing themselves up, according to initial findings, the premier said.
Foreigners are very likely to be among the 36 people killed, Yildirim also said.
At least 36 people have been killed, and almost 150 others wounded, when three suicide bombers attacked the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, according to TRT news.
Source: Daily News